We used bamboo sticks and ink for the first half of the class to make interesting mark making. Having developed my work in a way that I am able to control each part of an illustration, using Photoshop to measure the distance between characters and obsessively resize things to my liking. Almost like a construction of an image than the natural progression a painting would have (yes, I'm a fraud.) The bamboo stick exercise was wildly out of my comfort zone and made for some interesting results. In my head I was having tantrums at every mark that wouldn't go where I wanted it to go but once I accepted that, I was able to have a bit more fun with it.
For the second half of the class, with a fruity cider at hand, I crawled back into my comfort zone. Even though I was using my beloved pencils and little moleskine sketchbook, I found I was a little less careful and more free with my drawing.
I'm debating getting a huge sketchbook ready for next time. Baby steps...